Scientist presents public lecture

Leading scientist and climate change authority, Dr Barrie Pittock will be in Bendigo on Tuesday 4 August to present the first in a series of three public lectures entitled Climate, Sustainability and Society.

Barrie PittockThe lectures are an integral part of the Climate, Sustainability and Society cross-disciplinary, cross-campus subject that is offered for the first time this semester at the Bendigo and Albury-Wodonga campuses of La Trobe University.

Dr Pittock’s talk on Sustainability and Society: Risk and Opportunity is expected to attract considerable attention from large number of students enrolled for the subject and members of the public. There are about 90 inaugural enrolments at Bendigo and 80 at Albury-Wodonga, students.

Dr Pittock obtained a PhD in 1963 for his work on stratospheric ozone. He then spent a postdoctoral year at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in the USA before joining the CSIRO in 1965.
In 1988, Dr Pittock founded the CSIRO Climate Impact Group and has made major contributions to all four reports on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

In 2004, Dr Pittock edited Climate Change: an Australian Guide to the Science and Potential Impacts for the Australian Greenhouse Office. Dr Pittock is the author of Climate Change: Turning Up the Heat, published in 2005. This was followed by a second edition in 2009 entitled Climate Change: the Science, Impacts and Solutions.

Dr Pittock has over 250 scientific publications to his credit and has been on the editorial board of several scientific journals. Although he retired in 1999, Dr Pittock remains on the editorial board of the journal Climate Change. He maintains an interest in Aboriginal rights, a personal interest that includes his pioneering work on the legal case for Australian Aboriginal land rights in the 1960s.

Dr Pittock’s lecture commences at 6.30pm on Tuesday 4 August in the McKay Lecture Theatre at La Trobe University’s Edwards Road Campus (enter via Gate 4).
The second lecture in the series will be presented by Dr Lin Crase, executive director of La Trobe University, Albury-Wodonga, on Tuesday 25 August in Albury-Wodonga and on Wednesday 26 August in Bendigo.

Professor of Public Ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Professor Clive Hamilton will present the third lecture on 23 September 2009. This session will be hosted in Albury-Wodonga and video-streamed to the McKay Lecture Theatre in Bendigo. Members of the public are invited to attend all three sessions.

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